That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Godaddy as they probably could assist you..
Ah thank you - also can someone else register a HostGator that has been expired ?
Not until the HostGator has been deleted from the registrar database where it currently is being held. You may want to check out an article that describes your question in detail -.
Hope that helps..
I have noticed some domains for sale on Afternic and GoDaddy that are expired, apparently there are even domains like that on Great Domains... It pays to do a whois search when looking to buy a domain.....
Yes, it's hard to remember to delete domains from the sales venues when they are lete expire or even sometimes when sold elsewhere. Afternic does occassionally send notices that names are near expiration, but I don't know that they delete them if not renewed..
You'd think they would watch for this to make some extra money. They could actually track them by the whois and then offer to sell new registrations on them (as a reseller or registrar) once they have expired and deleted without having to deal with commissions or escrow. They could even feed that data to ICANN registrars for a fee percentage. Not only might the be reregistered by a new user, but would already be listed at their site...
I recently bid on a couple of expiring domains at tdnam.com (go daddy) - they were shown with a buy now button, when I clicked the button thinking I was actually purchasing the HostGator name it said that the owner of the HostGator name could reregister their expired name within the next 60 days..
After that time the HostGator would be moved to my account for my control..
If the owner reclaims the HostGator they would refund me the money I paid..
While I understand that tdnam get interest from my money in their bank account it does,nt seem right that they are "selling" before the HostGator name is fully expired !.
Anyone have any comments on that process, is it legal or ethical ?
You may list expired domains for sale on NamePros, IF you specify that they are expired and renew the HostGator prior to transferring it to the new owner..
DO be aware what your costs will be to renew the domain. If a HostGator slips into Redemption Period, it will cost you quite a bit more than the regular renewal fee to recover the name...